Scott Allen Project is an all instrumental progressive hard rock group led by guitarist Scott Allen. Inspired by the great Eddie Van Halen to pick up the guitar at age 11, Scott studied furiously throughout his teen years and upon graduating high school packed his bags for Hollywood to attend the world famous Musician’s Institute, GIT. There he honed his chops with guidance from such instructors as Keith Wyatt, Paul Hansen, Scott Henderson, Brett Garsed, Danny Gill, Steve Trovato, Frank Gambale, and Jennifer Batten. Upon graduation and seeing what the Nu Metal scene had done to the once mighty sunset strip he decided to head back north to Sacramento. Once back in Northern California Scott decided it was time to start up his own group that would allow him to play the kind of music that was completely out of style in the late nineties. After recruiting Drummer Tom Frost and Bassist Brian Kinney it was time to get to work.
The group hit the club scene and started to hone its music, opening up for such well known acts as Gary Hoey, Eric Martin of Mr. Big, Dave Meniketti of Y&T, Planet X (featuring Tony MaCalpine, Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati), and Frank Hannon of Tesla, among others. The shows with Frank Hannon were important as he agreed to engineer and produce the groups debut album, What Lies Beyond Words, which was released in 2006. This album received fantastic reviews around the world and Scott was chosen by the legendary Mike Varney to appear in his Guitar Player Magazine spotlight column. 98 Rock, one of the biggest rock radio stations in Northern California, played many tracks from this record and asked permission to use music from What Lies Beyond Words for their Bod Squad DVD. Shortly after Scott received equipment endorsements with Vigier Guitars, Dimarzio Pickups, Morley Pedals, SIT Strings, George L Cables, and Peavey Amps.